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to be the age. i cannot speak for my son and really the legal issues father thankful that my son is safe and free. for the first time since the n.s.a. revelations contracts are on the run from washington's prosecution. just. what he said in just a few moments. intelligence from a group of fellow whistleblowers and activists we speak exclusively to them. another day the libyan prime minister appeared on state television. reportedly.
with the u.s. is. that an. of the biggest terrorist. groups of the world without american intellectual noam chomsky talks to a nuclear middle east syria's chemical weapons and u.s. drone. just stuff to six pm this is a. very good to be company a top story that the father of. snowden is in moscow upping to see his son today who remains in an undisclosed secure location of the protection of russia's temporary asylum. snowden. where the former cia contractor spent five weeks in diplomatic limbo. two waiting for him right at the entrance to the v.a.b.
a launch off the airport where we're standing now this is his first time in russia of course i had to ask him what's the plan for the first day of his visit i'm mr coote arena's guest and i'm very thankful for his hospitality and. i'm going to follow mr q. trainers advice and that will determine where my day leaches and if the opportunity presents itself i certainly hope that i'll have an opportunity to see my son clearly mr snowden leaning on. this name a lawyer who's been representing and counseling his son edward here in russia the only thing we know about edward snowden is location is that he's somewhere in a safe area in a safe place in russia son and father did. come to moscow in august there's a lot of speculation over why that didn't happen including for security reasons the
son edward snowden the former n.s.a. contractor arrives to the transit zone also to me it's about airport in june he's wanted in the u.s. after leaking thousands of documents providing details of tell us the services spy on officials and ordinary people all across the world he was granted temporary asylum by a russian officials but now as we've also heard from his father even his family is not sure whether or not he'll ever be able to come back to the u.s. . well managed but assisting edward snowden on legal matters has revealed that father and son will reunite some time to the exact time location aren't being disclosed for security reasons you can get the latest update solace story any time of course by adding toll website to home. episode became washington's most wanted man or for exposing the extent of america's global surveillance program with revelations sending. shock waves around the world it set
him on the run from u.s. prosecution but also won in recognition in praise he's now been given the sam adams prize for integrity and intelligence it was awarded to him by a group of whistleblowers and activists all of which have unveiled hidden secrets themselves in the past they joined me here in the studio a little earlier and told me how snowden's adjusting to his new life. remarkably well under the circumstances in which he came here we're obviously keen to find out personally how easy you know what to look like these days. i thought he looked great he seemed very centered and and. brilliant smart funny very engaged. i thought he looked very well considering the amount of pressure he's a do you think that's taking any toll at all and the psychological toll i think it would in ordinary circumstances but this is an extraordinary person he's made his peace with what he did he's convinced that he put he did was right he has no
regrets and he's willing to face whatever the future holds for him he's not the person you saw in front of you kohli yes actually we discuss this intel integrity in intelligence issue quite extensively and we talked about prior examples of great people in history that had themselves been under this type of pressure and he's remarkably centered just that you yourself were whistleblowers so you would have you ever had regrets when put that to you first of all have you ever regretted what you did no never never and i did in fact decided to dedicate my career at the government accountability project to representing whistleblowers and helping whistleblowers i never thought they would end up being criminally prosecuted much less for espionage but i believe in what i did i would do it over again and that was actually the exact answer that edward gave us yesterday he's not the same for the rest of you three guys as well are you do you feel it's a way of you have a quietly and some quiet moment that he any second thought could use all of you is
again just remind our viewers about what you'll story was well i disclosed high crimes and misdemeanors by the u.s. government at the national security agency that involved both secret surveillance and massive fraud waste and abuse and no regrets at all in blowing the whistle recognizing that i paid a very high price fortunately. it's not just for yourself of course it's your family and friends that are on the president yes and that's that's part of the price that you pay i found that continuing pattern the more secret the you. yes became and the more we grew into a surveillance state the more people who were willing to just do their job and tell the truth and obey ethics rules were getting in trouble so while i suffered i was under criminal investigation and put on the no fly list things like that i thought were very draconian i could never have imagined in a million years that president obama would begin indicting and prosecuting people
like thomas drake and edward snowden and bradley manning and john kiriakou and a number of other people under the espionage act which is the most serious charge you could level against an american what was the reaction from snowden last night when you told him that he'd won this civil war he already knew because we awarded to two months ago the problem was getting it to him and it is our tradition starting with colin that we physically present this it's sort of like an emmy or not what it is is a candlestick holder for someone who has shone bright light into the dark corners so he knew what he was he didn't know about the candlestick holder you know that he had cheated the award and you know we were coming you know and the reception we got was just so hard warming it was a person who now realizes that he has very senior people alumni you know some of the size and the senior people who speak for a lot of people still within these organisations that admired greatly what edward
snowden has done and hopefully will summon the courage to follow his example what was thoughts about the future did he speak to you or anyone else around the table here about what you think is going to happen anytime soon well i think it's most what he has done is starting the conversation the discussion not just the united states but around the world in terms of the direct threat to the sovereignty of individual citizens people need to realise that there's a greater issue of human rights that is brought up by. and the fact that a number of people involved in his case like sarah harrison glenn greenwald laura portress people are having trouble even moving around and getting where they're going i can speak personally and say we weren't worried about coming into your country we are worried about getting back into our own country and and that should not have been already the already the united states of the brain of the rule of law that's one change itself from its very own constitution the mechanism by which we
govern ourselves so when you when you as bad as a rule all and use a secret law or interpretations of law we're in a whole new ball game and it's pandora's box. well you can coach through a full version of a discussion on a web site out so you don't call me to tell me like you want to see but more of that. libya's prime minister has appeared in public now after his brief kidnapping by government contract to go but in tripoli earlier today. described the kidnappers part of the political games of the country but gave no details of the operation or his abduction trues been assessing the many conflicting reports so rather the seizure. is just being released up he was taken this morning from the corinthia hotel in tripoli by armed gunmen there are conflicting reports rebels have come forward and claim that they were behind the attack which was a retaliation they said first supposed to be involved in a u.s. special forces raid which took libyan al qaeda suspect and. was implemented in bombing u.s.
embassies overseas back in one thousand nine hundred ninety however there are also reports that he may have been taken because he was actually going to be arrested it's a by government faction within the ministry of interior so it's not clear exactly right he was taken away but to him for those few hours he was in detention we do know however that he is alive and well but it really is just another example of how two years on from the ouster of gadhafi the country is really struggling to deal with these rebel groups on these militant groups that control parts of the country . the promise of duction came as no surprise to middle east commentator neil clark who explained to us that libya has been torn apart by rival militias since the revolution two years ago the only thing that kept these militias together of course in twenty seven was opposition to the rule of colonel gadhafi they were very disparate group they came together to topple president talk topple colonel gadhafi with western help of course but since then of course they've been fighting over the spoils of victory things are worse now in october twenty thirty and they were last year or two years ago much worse because the crime rate is rising five hundred
percent increase in the murder rate you've got lawlessness over whole parts of the country oh production a c. in large amounts and we've got a real economic crisis in libya the fact is libya is going backwards it's not going forwards and i think that the responsibility for this chaos really must lie with the western powers who topple gadhafi without having really a firm plan is what was going to happen afterwards the drawn out budget crisis in washington is beginning to affect america's foreign policy secretary of state john kerry is now warned that the u.s. will be able to sustain its goals abroad if the deadlock continues his illness and now we talk to one of america's most prominent political commentators and intellectuals noam chomsky you explain where he thinks his country is going wrong. norm chomsky am i on the faculty at mit and i'm. getting more heavily involved now we were activities for the last few years a thinker writer a linguist cognitive scientist and non-conformist for decades to. make thirty
six very very serious defects flaws in our society or culture institutions. noam chomsky's work goes well beyond the walls of the massachusetts institute of technology the author of over one hundred books has long been debating the other side of u.s. foreign policy and he says it is going to said i'll see some special interest in server space decided most will never hear stuff the press responded because by yourself machine straightforwardness with the powerful let's just say get over it because. we want to we we have for sure the world but for the present chomsky invited our two to sit down with him in boston to discuss some of today's past global issues he began with iran and hopes of a new u.s. policy. is pessimistic last december there was supposed to
be an international conference in finland to carry forward a longstanding effort to establish. a zone free of nuclear weapons or weapons of mass destruction in the middle east didn't happen the first thing that happened was israel announced they wouldn't participate. or was waiting to see what was incomplete was waiting to see would iran which you ram said they would court dissipate with no conditions immediately obama called off the conference. giving the reasons which are the official israeli reasons can't have a conference it was regional he said of course in the background it can't be a regional peace settlement until the us and israel stop blocking the international consensus on israel palestine as they are doing and have been thirty years so no
media people in the united states have done very almost nothing about it for a very simple reason not a word about this is appeared in the american press literally you can read about it in arms control journals are international affairs journals are and articles that i write things on the fridge with the presses so i don't so no pressure on syria chomsky says getting rid of chemical weapons is a good first step but not enough great opportunities are being missed syria's chemical weapons are not there just for fun they were there there's a counter to israeli nuclear weapons is really going to. move us and. so there's a broader issue goes back to the question of weapons of mass destruction for the zone in the middle east which the u.s. is blocking the same reason so this is a partial. it's good in itself but very forceful on the broader opportunities
are not going to we also talked about one of the most pursued men in the world chomsky doesn't buy edward snowden is a threat to u.s. national security and security is almost always relevant but its security of the government from its own population that's the security concern genuine security like security of the population. and very low. and drones according to chomsky are a direct threat to america. well horror of the biggest player in the world. never wrote. which was furthermore it's her it's generated. from the highest levels most sources it's. the grown ups create control. thank you very much for your time for inviting us
to your office here and my team that with noam chomsky and i mean it's in our way for our team. to get more unique perspective on how the u.s. operates domestically and abroad you can watch the full interview altie don't call . now it's in the very first signs of a possible warming in relations with america and iran coming up even a single sanctions lifted american corporations could already be on a quest to come could one of the runs most powerful industries talk about but what after this break.
respect to strike. the united states is in discussion with this town for a bilateral security agreement which would. mandate and allow for a significant number of u.s. troops to review damed in six to seven bases that are being prepared for them to to use you in two thousand and fourteen they would obviously have a very restricted. operation mandate but they would still be there for purposes of training and perhaps to some kind of got into and ballast to the security forces on the stand itself.
greece expects to end the year with a small budget surplus hoping its economy will slowly pick up in twenty fourteen is a bit early though to pop the champagne corks just yet the jobless rate continues to climb it hit twenty seven point six percent in july a national cost cutting could drive that even higher is not he's under pharma found out. there was a time when the bay of the rim just north of athens could only support a small fishing community but the arrival of the large smelting plant on its banks changed all that i employing a thousand strong workforce for decades however its days could now be numbered the government is considering closing it as part of radical cutbacks and workers turn up fearing what lies ahead. on his body now by going any worker imagine his future without work i live here i was raised here my grandfather worked here so how can i imagine my future without this plant. largo's commercial manager gave me
a tall amid the grime and flames he pointed out the plant is among the biggest and most modern in europe a recent slump in profits he says is a result of a short term plunge in the price of nickel and the government's doubling of the price of electricity closure though in his eyes is not an option he wants privatization it is money making machine that when you. feed. one side you get let it all go no government is good. business with. each other but you know that. we want to be private. but we want it to be forever does the good way then as it is. the greek government has tough choices to make to meet i.m.f. bailout conditions it has to x. four thousand public sector jobs and reduce the salaries of twenty five thousand
more by the end of the year in the meantime workers at largo have rallied and handed their own plan to be i.m.f. who they believe is wrong to question the plant's viability. or we can prove the i.m.f. is wrong this factory is profitable and has a future and we have made a plan to counter the lies and tell the truth. the future of this plant will also determine the fate of the surrounding economy and that's because around twenty thousand people are employed in industries that either supply or service it including the support disappears those jobs. across the water the people of quietly go about their business not only his lark created jobs it spawned a community generations have lived and worked here the burning question is for how much longer andrew farmer r.t.
. was still in europe it's known as the black sheep of the you but hungary's been given the blocks from home truths lately prime minister viktor orban criticised for lacking a clear vision and called on member states to push on with their own policies were praising his own country's reforms to what is there a smith asked him why he's biting back brussels. when picked to oban hungary controversal prime minister gave a talk at chatham house in prague of journalists and members of the institute he started his new mexico on i am on gary and he's that we have a unique and we produced more history that we could possibly manage he started by telling the story of hungary's relationship with the european union first a sort of this sort of unattainable land of promise and opportunity but increasingly he said hungary and see a european union which is under sin and unclear where it's going in the future
politically he said hungary still has very positive feelings about being a member of european union but the current state which opened up an opportunity for renewal and we generation of the institutions in his country has shown he says that things cannot go order as they all didn't neglect the differences between the e.u. countries he was very clear about saying no one year is a member states have the right to dictate their own economic policy with three of an ideology and knowledge the diversity between the at this concept of patriotism and nationhood still exists inside the european union but i also am about the risks of doing almost that brings to mr policy with regards to the do you feel you came to talk first by brussels of further political and economic integration he was very clear about his own political isolation in the modern good instrument rated to success. if hungary be a successful country if it be not isolated if you feel everything it's all about
nose day his push to politically differentiate hungary from the rest of europe is an experiment in the forestry and hungary including personal fitness for us. she's laura smith him the u.s. federal agencies we've got it is essential remain unaffected by that ongoing government shutdown crisis the drug enforcement administration is among them it's rolling on there with its war no cultic switches be fighting since the one nine hundred seventy s. they say it looks on the news all the cost effectiveness of the body is now being called into question take a look at that the d.a.'s works cost taxpayers more than a trillion dollars but so far failed to hold back the notorious drug industry heroin cocaine cannabis have all become more accessible in the average prices fall and actually by about eighty percent meantime the purity of these substances has risen substantially drug policy expert dan were told us the u.s. is on the wrong track he thinks by trying to reduce supply instead of demand given
the billions that has been spent over the past two decades in particular on the war on drugs and just the increasing volume of drug seizures over this time it's surprising that these trends towards lower prices increasing period you're so stark at present you know i don't think there is a lot of interest in moving towards more effective approaches i would suggest that you know it doesn't matter what you do to try to contain this market when it's worth three hundred fifty billion a year globally it's going to be incredibly difficult to to constrain it but instead i think what needs to be happening is a movement by governments by international bodies like the united nations towards using metrics that you know are more focused on reducing demand for drugs rather than trying to you know continue on this costly and ill fated attempt at reducing
supply. iran of the u.s. recently signaled a fall in political relations but it's unclear if this means to run will finally be rid of its burden of economic sanctions that are still in place but one industry sector has been standing strong regardless that surrounds car makers one point six million vehicles are produced in iran every year making it actually the thirteenth biggest car manufacturer in the world you may be surprised to know the district cans for ten percent of the country's g.d.p. despite that ban on shipping parts some of the most popular persia and read old models are still made in iran the country produces its own cars again based mainly on french designs of course no official business is allowed between the u.s. and iran until sanctions are lifted but american companies like car maker general motors are already said to be moving in to secure their positions as well as george malveaux no from france as the figure a newspaper he's closely been following the industry there he told me he believes the u.s. is preparing the ground to take over iran's markets when the time's right. i think
already there of been. secret contacts between u.s. firms and iranian counterparts in order to to prepare or to anticipate a political deal between iran and the united states mainly these contacts of kurds in the automobile sector and fortunately for us in france we are the brothers are the last one in europe to who tried to to to go to iran because for the last the last years france was extremely active in the in the fighting against iran from was exerting a lot of pressures you know for the last twenty years the u.s. where outside from iran and the the french businessmen at the quite good position in iran to push or know in the automobile sector and now they're afraid that these all these years of the force will be cleaned by the new deal which will happen
between us and iran for sure that the european companies will be most probably losers in this kind of agreement. and so newsroom so. more in thirty three minutes time after the break those sort of men from the boys as a tease james brown continues his journey with the russian army's toughest to their intense training season. you know it's getting old trying to beat the war drums to invade iran i think the let's invade iran talk has been going on since i was in college to keep the saber rattling rolling israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu declared in front of the un that iran is building nuclear weapons that could hit new york in three to four
years no he said new york obviously he is trying to spook a certain country with nuclear destruction the delegates from namibia were probably unmoved sadly this time netanyahu failed to bring a funny cartoon bomb picture with him like in his two thousand and twelve un speech in which he also warned the world about the threat of a nuclear iran you know i might be more optimistic about israel accusing other countries of being nuclear threats if they had a better track record themselves although israel is a bit candid with their arsenal according to a b.b.c. article the federation of american scientists believes that israel's arsenal has grown to about two hundred nukes based on their surveillance of ever expanding facilities inside the country also let's not forget that israel has plenty of ways to deliver those two hundred nuclear bombs if the need be so my question is why should we automatically trust israel with a lot of nuclear weapons but not iran is it because they're bureaucrats where european suits and shave i don't know it just seems to me that disarmed countries are better advocates for nuclear disarmament but that's just my opinion.